It can be a challenge to find affordable ways to update your wardrobe, especially if you’re weighed down by credit card debt. While you’ve hopefully reduced extra spending during your debt free journey, there’s no reason that you have to give up your personal style all together. With a budget in place, updating your spring & summer wardrobe is a manageable expense.
Updating your Spring & Summer Wardrobe
Everything takes a little extra effort and creativity when eliminating credit card debt. But there’s no reason why you can’t stay on track and add a few new pieces to your closet. We’ve put together four tips for updating your spring & summer wardrobe on the cheap.
1. Spring Clean – This is an oldie, but a goodie. Spring cleaning your closet allows you to donate or sell unwanted clothes and make room for a few new things. After all, how can you update your wardrobe if there’s no room for new stuff? Set aside some time to de-clutter your closet or your entire home. Who knows the amount of unused items you can get rid of or re-purpose! Be sure to follow the Golden Rule: if you haven’t used it in a year, get rid of it! Unused items aren’t adding any value to your life. It’s best to get rid of the old to make room for the new.
2. Buy Basics – If you’ve set aside a portion of your budget to purchase new items, make sure they’re worth it! Shopping with a limited budget can be frustrating, but you can’t go wrong with basics. They’re timeless! Updating your spring & summer wardrobe is much easier if you pick up a few versatile items that can be dressed up and down. This way, you don’t feel limited or held back by the “I can only wear this once” attitude, because classic items can match almost anything. Think of it this way, who ever heard of a little black dress going out of style?
3. Invest in Quality – Speaking from personal experience, there’s nothing worse than a revolving door of poor quality clothes. For the heart of your wardrobe (again, back to the basics!), look for quality material. Classic items like a little black dress, a nice coat, and simple jeans will always be fashion staples. Instead of buying and replacing multiple items every few years, invest in the good stuff once. With some smart shopping, investing in quality doesn’t have to be expensive. Shop on sale, in a thrift store (both in person or online), and especially during high sale times like Memorial Day! If you remember to take care of your clothes, they can last you a lifetime.
4. Fashion Apps – Speaking of investing in quality clothes, clothing exchange apps are some of the most useful tools for updating your spring & summer wardrobe. These apps make it simple to buy and sell quality (and often designer) items for less. It’s as simple as uploading an image of the items you want to sell, adding them to your profile, and sharing to get your pieces sold fast. Fashion apps allow users to purchase new or gently used items for a fraction of the original price. And selling your own unwanted items will help put a little extra change towards debt relief. Users typically have the option of transferring profits to the bank or keeping them in the account to make shopping easier. Apps like Poshmark, Tradesy, and ThredUP are great places to start.